Idiot Box

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime, Drama

This dyspeptic, comic ode to boozy iconoclasm has been compared to TRAINSPOTTING (1995), but it's merely a buddy flick jazzed up with bad habits. The only thing Aussie ne'er-do-wells Kev (Ben Mendelsohn) and Mick (Jeremy Sims) can claim to have done with their lives is cultivate the ability to stay on the unemployment roster. Using their scant compensation...read more

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This dyspeptic, comic ode to boozy iconoclasm has been compared to TRAINSPOTTING (1995), but it's merely a buddy flick jazzed up with bad habits. The only thing Aussie ne'er-do-wells Kev (Ben Mendelsohn) and Mick (Jeremy Sims) can claim to have done with their lives is cultivate the ability to stay on the unemployment roster. Using their scant compensation for beer, these layabouts spend their days debating the robbery plots of old movies, wondering whether they could pull off a caper as resourcefully as the clown-masked bank robbers who are all over the local news, and, above all, avoiding work. Mick, the marginally more sensitive of the duo, falls for convenience store clerk Lani (Robyn Loau), and begins reciting poetry to her. Kev, feeling threatened by Mick's nascent sincerity and eager to maintain their status quo, decides to put his knowledge of crime flicks to good use. Because the clown-mask robbers have made the cops look bad, the local police vow to crack down on crime. Kev devises what he thinks is a foolproof scheme and recruits Lani's brother to help execute it, but Mick has his doubts; only his longstanding friendship with Kev prevents Mick from pulling out of the robbery. When the boys finally pull their bank job, they find themselves with unwelcome company, namely the clown-mask robbers. Will either gang escape, or will everyone walk out of the bank and into arms of the Law? This sloppily constructed serio-comedy plays as though writer/director David Caesar had deposited the protagonists of CLERKS into a film noir, and expects us to contemplate the moral underpinnings of their philosophical choices. It salutes hedonistic slackers without providing any evidence that they actually deserve our attention.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This dyspeptic, comic ode to boozy iconoclasm has been compared to TRAINSPOTTING (1995), but it's merely a buddy flick jazzed up with bad habits. The only thing Aussie ne'er-do-wells Kev (Ben Mendelsohn) and Mick (Jeremy Sims) can claim to have done with t… (more)

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